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Early childhood education bill passes Senate, on its way to the Governor

An early childhood education bill is on its way to Gov. Jack Dalrymple.

The Senate agreed with the House on a bill providing $3 million in grants to low income parents to send their children to pre-K educational programs. The original bill was $6 million. The House focused the money toward children who receive free or reduced cost school meals. And that was acceptable to the Senate sponsors.

“I thought the amendments the House placed on the bill were focused and thoughtful in their approach to children who may not be eligible for the plan," said Sen. Tim Flakoll (R-Fargo), the bill's main sponsor. "It's a great way to invest in our kids, and a great way to invest in our future.”

The bill passed 32 to 14.

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